Originally Posted by Bay Pelican
Great photos. JF de LP, could you explain how the first and second from last locks work. Also their location.
Well, I can vouch for the fact it is fun, Andy, although we did not traverse these particular ones.
The first one is the Falkirk Wheel, in Scotland, and I think the second lot are what is called the Bingley Five.
The others I am not familiar with - Bet Marin knows...
The Falkirk wheel is like its name implies, the boats float into the huge bucket, and it then rotates the whole shebang up and over, as the other one comes down, where the bottom one is then able to float out - all powered by shifting the water load I believe. A bit like the Lynton - Lynmoth cable rail, but much larger scale...
The Bingley Five is just a series of orthodox locks, but are the steepest in the UK, I think. I'd like to hear more about the others.